The Election Commission (EC) said on Sunday that the delay in the announcement of the final voter turnout in the Delhi Assembly election, polling for which was held on Saturday, was due to the multiple scrutinies of the ballots. The final voter turnout in the Delhi polls is 62.59 %, the Election Commission said.
The poll panel’s statement came hours after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal questioned it over delay in the declaration of the final voter turnout which is usually declared on the day the polling has been conducted.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said scrutiny of the ballots took time as the schedule for the scrutiny was different in all the constituencies in Delhi.
“Voter turnout data is submitted by returning officers who were busy throughout the night, then they became busy in scrutiny. It has taken a little bit of time but, in data entry, it is very important to ensure accuracy,” the poll panel said, adding, “This is not about early or delay. This is a laid down process.”
The voter turnout in Delhi was 62.59 %. It is about 2 % more than the last Lok Sabha elections.
Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh: The highest voter turnout was recorded in Ballimaran assembly constituency at 71.6 per cent while the lowest voter turnout was recorded in Delhi Cantonment at 45.4 per cent. #DelhiAssemblyPolls https://t.co/NqTjxuo0qQ
— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2020
The highest voter turnout, the Election Commission said, was recorded in Ballimaran constituency at 71.6 per cent.
Okhla assembly constituency recorded 58.84 % voting. Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar, where protests against the amended Citizenship Act are on, fall under this constituency.
The Election Commission Aap, Allegations on EVM Tampering
The Election Commission also rejected the AAP allegations about the EVM tampering at Babarpur. Rejecting the allegations, the chief electoral officer said an enquiry was conducted in the case and the poll body found no incident of EVM tampering.
Absolutely shocking. What is EC doing? Why are they not releasing poll turnout figures, several hours after polling? https://t.co/ko1m5YqlSx
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 9, 2020
“We conducted an investigation into the alleges incident and found that the sector officers were given two reserve machines. They were going to their centres with the machines when the people surrounded them,” the election commission officer said.
“Some incidents occurred that made Election Commission feel that police administration should have been more vigilant, that is why EC took cognizance of the matter,” the poll panel added.
With no final word from the EC till 4 pm on Sunday, AAP chief and CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter saying it was “absolutely shocking” that the poll panel was not coming out with the final voting figures.